Annapolis, MD--In the first session of a 4 year term which saw 68 new legislators and a new Republican Governor, Clean Water Action successfully advanced protections for the state’s water resources and the health of its communities.
The 2015 session began with bills to repeal the 2012 Watershed Protection and Restoration Act, the state moving to permit fracking in western Maryland, and the withdrawal of phosphorous management regulations by the recently elected Governor. Years of environmental policy and advocacy work for water resource protections and programs appeared to be under siege.
William Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer Andy Galli, MD Program Coordinator
Baltimore, Sept. 10th – Monday night, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilman James Kraft for introducing the resolution (view the resolution here) and his continued leadership on environmental issues.
WHAT: Clean Water Action will be honoring local environmental champions during #EarthWeek at its 29th annual conference, #Act4CleanWater, taking place Saturday, April 25 at Brookdale Community College. www.cleanwateraction.org/act4cleanwater
The awardees include:
LANSING – Today, leaders in Lansing introduced a package of bills that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022.
“Coming on the heels of Earth Day, this step forward in protecting and preserving our Great Lakes and environment for future generations is a welcome announcement,” said Nic Clark, state director of Clean Water Action. “We applaud our legislators for working to keep our communities healthy and strong.”
The bills contrast sharply with legislation introduced In March that would corrupt Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying burning hazardous waste like tires and trash as clean energy.